The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 17, 1971 · Page 23
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The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas · Page 23

Corpus Christi, Texas
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Tuesday, August 17, 1971
Page 23
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She Shower HeW Correction SECTION C Women's News . . . . . CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1971 Theater Forms Insight Miss Marty Scott of Grand Prairie, fiancee of Mike Hutsell, was honored last night at a shower in the home of Mrs. H. T. Bentley, Suntide Road. Cohostess was Mrs. N. 0. Radke. The couple will marry Sept. 11 in' Immaculate Conception Church, Grand Prairie. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Scott of Grand Prairie and Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hutsell, Suntide Road. Party Given Mrs. Isabel Willoughby was honored on her 87th birthday yesterday at a party at Lynnhaven Nursing Home. Her daughter, Mrs. Doris Johnson, was .hostess. Hal Gallaway and Renard Tryon were train bearers Saturday for the wedding of Miss Sylvia Ann Tryon and Edward Allen Oliver. One of the boy's names was ommitted from the article on the wedding. · FINE CARPET · CUSTOM DRAPERIES · UPHOLSTERING 1601 AYERS at BROWNLEE 882-4411 Qnc. By KAY COOPER Theater and dance forms have taken on a new meaning for several local residents, thanks to Miss Shelbe Freeman who uses the forms to help ethnic groups understand each other. By using oody movements, Miss Freeman attempts to "help people find out about themselves and others." "Theater is a very broad . term and does not necessarily mean to perform or to put on stage. But I try to free people to dare to be more expressive. We are so uptight in America," she explained.- Miss Freeman experiments with words and the way they are said. She then urges participants in her workshops to "move" to the words and "enjoy saying them--feel good about saying them." "People tend to sit in a meeting and act sterile. They don't express themselves and everyone should have the right to be expressive. You should not think you have to cry at some things because everyone else cries," she said. Compatible Group In a workshop at the YWCA, Miss Freeman worked with "a beautiful group of people who wanted to work together." The ethnic groups involved Anglo, Mexican American and Negro. To begin the session, the group formed a circle and each participant was asked "who are you and what do you care about." Miss Freeman responded: "I am Shelbe Freeman, a black woman." "Many participants didn't mention their race or sex. But to me that is important in this country in this year. We are different kinds of people and I should be able to admit that "'ere is a difference about ·"e." she explained. Owner Set Miss Rebecca Phillips and William "Robert Burdette will be honored at a rehearsal dipper at Royal Coach Inn in Houston Friday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burdette, 311 Dolphin. The couple will be married Saturday in Bethany Methodist Church in Houston. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Phillips of Houston. Dinner Planned Miss Kathleen Marie Mackle and her fiance, Dennis Carter Johnson, will be honored at a rehearsal dinner Thursday at the Torch restaurant. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Johnson, 4305 Aspen, will be hosts. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Root, 3902 Marion, The couple will marry Friday in the Central Christian Church. MISS SHELBE FREEMAN USES THEATER FORMS ... to help ethnic groups understand each other To warm the participants up, Miss Freeman uses movements and informal rituals. The group decided to work"on three issues: The school system, not related to busing, busing and communications with people. By using the theater form of presentation, the groups pre : sented their ideas of the issues using movements and words. "You can stretch out words · or chop them up to put over an idea in a non-threatening way," the instructor said. Next, the group divided up into the three ethnic groups and were told io work with the things out of their culture which they would -like brought out in theater. Identity problem The Anglos had a difficult time coming up with an idea because "the minorities have a reason for banding together and finding out 'what it is about my blackness that is really good'," she said. "The whites haven't had to think about the fact that they are white and it's hard for them to deal with this," she said. The next problem "is where to go from here. I'm not here to help people have fun, but to make a difference in the world. I want to reach out to other people who will reach out Io other people," Miss Freeman, stated. After using theater forms io express yourself, "you have to decide what you can do and then DO it," she emphasized. Suggestions which resulted from the Y workshop included involving all ethnic groups in theatrical work such as Little Theatre, Or starting Mexican- American and black theaters. "So often .people get uptight when minority groups want to do something together. That's a bunch of bull. Often, you need to do something alone without blades or whites. "For example, there are things in the Mexican-American culture which I can't explain and that group needs to express itself in things impor- tant to its culture," Miss Freeman said. Miss Freeman became involved with the YWCA in New York City where she was a training consultant for the organization. She was interested in. using dance and theater in "whatever way I could" on the basis of what was needed by the group.'. Miss Freeman decided to work toward the major imperative of the YWCA which is to work towards elimination of racism. "I used theater to find out more about people and then held a national workshop to include different types of people," she said. "A tfieater group can be used to tell people something in an exciting, way and is stronger than personal convictions," she explained. . Miss Freeman, who received her bachelor, degree in sociology after nine years of fechool, taught dancing at Mt. Holyoke while doing graduate work. She became interested in dancing as a child and took lessons while in grade school. "I used to dream of being a ballerina and would dance and dance to Nat King Cole's recording of 'Dance Ballerina.' My parents couldn't sit rne down," she said. She finally decided to be practical and "realized that there was no place in racist America for a black ballerina," she said. And.being practical "I said to myself 'you got to eat because you love food. 1 " . So febe went to school and studied dancing at Grinnell College "and decided that's what I was going to do anyway," she said. To make sure she had a method of supporting herself she took secretarial courses twenty hours a week while attending college at night. She earned her degree in sociology and combined it with dancing. T A Y L O R B R O T H E R S J E W E L E R S T9C TOPS T 9 C TOPS Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in Aldersgate United Methodist Church. Miss Margaret Swartz is winner of the no gainers contest. Mrs. Robert Lotspeich is queen of the week. TOPS Sparkling City by the Sea TOPS Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The program will be a self-evaluation d i s c u s s i o n Mrs. A. C. Whitlock is queen of the week. Mrs. J. H. Tolson is princess of the week. Mrs. Chester A Walker was honored recently for keeping her weight, loss for a year. She is a KOPS. Mrs. \V. K. Maddox was awarded the Century Award, medallion. China Club Hi Lights China Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Scout lodge at. the First United Methodist Church. 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